A Humorous Look at Hot Food Trends for 2012

By Cheryl Sternman Rule, "17 Trends for 2012," January/February 2012

Author Cheryl Sternman Rule shares her 17 hilarious picks for not-to-miss food trends of 2012.

"Cheryl, Rarely does anything make me laugh our loud, but your look ahead to 2012 certainly did! Thank you for contributing this. Nancy "

6. Children’s menus will still offer chicken nuggets, but they will soon be coated with 100% whole-grain, compostable particulate matter fortified with antioxidants. If you supersize, you’ll get a side of sugar-free Swedish fish—now with Sucralose!—and with beet extract listed as the 84th ingredient. So, basically, they’re vegetables.

7. Vitamin B12 will fall out of favor and vitamin B15 will become red-hot. Time to toss out your old vitamins and replace them with reformulated, more fashionable versions at twice the price.

8. New energy drinks will combine coffee, tea, Coke, ginseng, chocolate and the current formulation, Rockstar. College kids will drink it, then it will be banned, then there will be a 6-hour Special Edition: Dateline NBC with sources profiled only in shadow. Then a very special Intervention. Then a very, very special Celebrity Rehab.

9. Parents will seek ever more innovative ways to feed their kids spinach without discussing, touching, planting, harvesting, thinking about, chewing or swallowing any actual leaves.

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